By U Matuna Si Yu’os staff
Specific prayers pleading for the protection of life, marriage and family as well as the intercession of Blessed Diego Luis de San Vitores will be recited at all parish Masses of the Archdiocese of Agana. His Excellency Archbishop Anthony Sablan Apuron, OFM. Cap. D.D. communicated the directive in an April 26 memorandum to all clergy and Faithful of the Archdiocese. “Brothers and Sisters: In an effort to unite ourselves as a people of faith through prayers for the protection of human life, the preservation of family life and the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony, and, to appeal for the intercession of Blessed Diego, I am directing that the following be observed at all regularly scheduled parish masses:” Archbishop Anthony began his letter.
The memorandum listed the prayers:
- “First, the ‘PRAYER TO RESPECT LIFE’ and the ‘PRAYER TO THE HOLY FAMILY IN SUPPORT OF MARRIAGE & FAMILY LIFE’ is be recited prior to the start of the mass.
- Second, the ‘PRAYER FOR THE INTERCESSION OF BLESSED DIEGO LUIS DE SAN VITORES’ is to be recited after the Post Communion Prayer prior to the Blessing. Prayer cards were distributed previously.”
Archbishop Anthony added, “The faithful are encouraged to pray for the spiritual and moral benefit of the people of the island and indeed the whole world. Prayer is an important work of the Christian.” “Let us all be united in a spirit of prayer and devotion to promote the dignity of human life, the protection of family life and the intercession of Blessed Diego,” Archbishop Anthony said. The prayers to be recited are included below:
PRAYER TO RESPECT LIFE
(Blessed John Paul II)
O Mary, bright dawn of the new world, Mother of the living, to you do we entrust the cause of Life: Look down, O Mother, upon the vast numbers of babies not allowed to be born, of the poor whose lives are made difficult, of men and women who are victims of brutal violence, of the elderly and the sick killed by indifference or out of misguided mercy.
Grant that all who believe in your Son may proclaim the Gospel of Life with honesty and love to the people of our time. Obtain for them the grace to accept that Gospel as a gift ever new, the joy of celebrating it with gratitude throughout their lives and the courage to bear witness to it resolutely, in order to build, together with all people of good will, the civilization of truth and love, to the praise and glory of God, the Creator and Lover of life. Amen.
PRAYER TO THE HOLY FAMILY IN SUPPORT
OF MARRIAGE & FAMILY LIFE
God of mercy and of the holy covenant you created every human being, male & female, in your image and likeness, so that they may be fruitful and multiply on earth. In the beginning of our Christian era, you asked Joseph to take the Blessed Virgin Mary as his wife and to form with her a family for Jesus, Your Son, and our Redeemer.
Through the difficulties and trials of life you guided St. Joseph, you made him the protector of the Holy Family and allowed the Church to recognize him as an attentive protector for all Christian families. During this time in which we live, we ask you to safeguard marriage according to your will, and we appeal for the intercession and protection of St. Joseph, and the Holy Family so that our families will be strengthened in love and protected from all evil. Amen.
PRAYER FOR THE INTERCESSION
OF BLESSED DIEGO LUIS DE SAN VITORES
God of mercy and love, through the preaching of your martyr Blessed Diego, you brought the Good News of Jesus Christ to the people of the Marianas who had not known Him. By his prayers, help us to endure all suffering for love of you and to seek you with all our hearts for you alone are the source of life.
We ask this through your Son, Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.
(Pause now and ask Blessed Diego for your request.)
Blessed Diego, Pray for us….